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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Can you ever remember Easter being observed this late in the spring (April 24)? At least the odds are slim that we'll have snow falling on the Easter bonnets this year.

After learning about the five-foot hole created in the fuselage of one of its planes, and cracks found in at least three others, I'm glad I'm not flying Southwest Airlines anytime soon.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Do you wonder what the FBI knows? This most famous national law enforcement organization that made a reputation for fighting the gangsters and bank robbers of prohibition and depression days to investigating spies and espionage in the Cold War, the Mafia and organized crime families of the 1970s and finally the terrorists of today has created a new website called "The Vault" in which more than 2,000 digitized documents are released to the public.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The last time I wrote in this space I shared some Irish jokes with you. The response to those jokes was so good I thought I do it again. Here goes.

McQuillan walked into a bar and ordered martini after martini, each time removing the olives and placing them in a jar. When the jar was filled with olives and all the drinks consumed, he started to leave. "S'cuse me," said a customer, who was puzzled over what McQuillan had done. "What was that all about?" "Nothing," he replied, "my wife just sent me out for a jar of olives."

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Here it is, April 2nd already. So why haven't I put away my winter coat, hat and gloves? Two shovels and a 50 pound bag of rock salt still sit on my front steps. Global warming, my eye.

I know why I get in the March Madness basketball pool every year. It just reinforces how dumb I am when it comes to picking teams. Calling up the standings in the pool, I can't even find my name I'm so far down the list. That's what I get for selecting a Pennsylvania team (Pittsburgh) to win the NCAA tournament. And they got knocked out in the second round.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I didn't think the humorous stories of last week's whirlwind tour of Florida could be so easily topped, but this week's national news has managed to do so although the reaction from me and I'm sure many of you is less humor and more raw disbelief to anger.

We all moan about the bloated bureaucracy our once great republic has become and how corrupt and incompetent its agencies can be, but I never dreamed in one week there would be three stories from the President to Congress to the ATF that could illustrate how impotent and irresponsible our government can be.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

By JIM ZBICK

jzbicktnonline.com

One of the more depressing chapters of American health care was the treatment of the mentally ill leading into the 20th century. Because they were totally misunderstood and society did not know how to deal with them, many who entered an institution were often confined there for life.

Dorothy Dix, who crusaded for reforms of prisons and asylums during the 1800s, was once told that those being institutionalized "don't need any heat – they have no feeling."

Saturday, April 2, 2011

As God continues to shower me with blessings, one of those blessings is my new friend, Fran.

In addition to radiating goodness in everything she does, Fran is a strong, take-charge woman who rises to every challenge, both large and small.

But she wasn't always like that. Seeing the strong, gutsy woman that she is, it's hard to believe she spent 20 years of her life mired in fear and despair.

She has agreed to let me tell her story so that women can believe they can change their lives, no matter how bleak the circumstances.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Let's talk food.

Normally, it's my favorite topic to talk about.

Not this week.

I got zapped with a gastrointestinal infection. I haven't eaten anything but crackers, chicken broth soups and Jell-O for a week.

I've been chugging Gatorade like a Pittsburgh Steeler line defenseman on an August 100-degree practice day in Heinz Field. (Doctor's orders. You would never find this God-awful sweet-tasting stuff near my lips otherwise! Ugggghhhhh!)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ron Beltz of Lehighton loves singing. That's why he joined the Coal Cracker Chorus, an all-male chorus that's part of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

He stressed that it isn't discriminatory being "all male" because there is an all-female unit, the Sweet Adelines.

The Coal Cracker Chorus has been bringing musical joy to countless individuals for over 60 years. The group, based in Barnesville and consisting of about 18 members from throughout Carbon and Schuylkill Counties, formed in 1950.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

It's been a rough week.

As most of you know, early Tuesday we lost one of our own Tamaqua bureau chief Joe Plasko.

For the few who did not know Joe, he was a terrific person. He was smart, hardworking, funny and kind.

He was a walking treasure trove of information. Ask him a question about music, and he could answer it easily. Ask him something about sports no problem. If it were about local sports, he would not only give you the answer, but possibly some statistics to back it up.